What One Thing Would You Most Want To Say To A Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patient?

As soon as the first golden leaves of autumn appear on the trees a feeling of sadness starts to descend over me.

I’m catapulted back over the years to a late September day.

A day that’s etched forever on my mind.

The day I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In the weeks that followed my diagnosis, I became enveloped in a sea of pink as Breast Cancer Awareness Month took place. But when October came to an end and the pink ribbon wearers disappeared, I was left wearing the everyday reality of the disease.

Over a decade has passed since then and yet I still feel a sense of sadness when I think of that time and all I had yet to learn and go through. I can’t help wondering how much my experience might have been different if I had known then what I know now.

One thing I now know is that we owe it to those who come after us to share our hard-earned wisdom. So in that spirit, what one thing (or more) would you say to a person who is newly diagnosed with breast cancer that you wished you had known at the start of your own diagnosis? I’m putting together a list to be shared on the Patient Empowerment Network and I’d love to include your advice in the published post.